At the end of next month, we will be leaving Berlin to start travelling through South America. Oli was born and raised in Berlin, and I, Carla, moved here in January 2017. Now we want to say goodbye to Berlin, and keep exploring new places.
But as you know, all trip, short or long, comes with at least some planning and preparing. And of course, money saving.
We want to be travelling through South America for a longer time. At the moment we don’t know for how long, but either way, first thing was saving money.
We believe that if you want to travel, you can. Not having money is only an excuse, because if you really want, you can make it happen. Maybe not to every destination, and for sure not staying in the best hotels, but you can travel.
So for the last 5 months we have been saving every buck we could. As soon as we got our salary we put at least a third of it in our savings account.
Then we have been working in events every time we could and putting that extra money also directly in our savings account. Every extra money we got we put directly in our savings account.
We also cut down on going out every weekend, and outside eating. That does not mean that we didn’t do anything, just not as much as we did before. We tried to cook more at home instead of eating out all the time. Also always take some snacks with us instead of buying something outside every time we got hungry.
If you want more tips on how to save money for your next trip check out the post we wrote about it here.
Selling our stuff
To also get some extra money something we did and we are sill doing is to sell some of our things. A lot of things we wont be able to take with us, some we won’t need and a lot of other things we have never used.
So first we started selling all the things we had around the house that we had never used. For example a new printer that was still packed, unused clothes, boxing equipment from Oli, TV…
Now we are also going to sell some of the furniture since we are leaving our place. All this extra money goes as well to our South America the savings account.
Now we have about 5 weeks until we leave to South America and we are starting to quit all the contracts and things we have in Berlin that we are not going to need while we are travelling.
For example, we quit the gym subscription, our jobs, phone… When you settle in a place you have a lot of things that you won’t need while you are travelling. Sometimes getting out of contracts is not as easy. So make sure to take a look at everything you have, what you need to quite and how much time in advance.
Searching for flights
Our first destination is Ecuador, so we had to start looking for flights there. We wanted a cheap flight so we searched in different places and from different destinations. As always we started with our favourite, Skyscanner.
We were searching for a one way ticket, first from Germany or from Spain. The cheapest where for sure the longest ones, with really long layovers. We considered all the options.
Since we were flying into Ecuador, Oli with a tourist visa, we were not sure if they would ask him to have a return flight. We read all different things, some said you need one, some that they don’t usually ask for it. I personally have never been asked for it, but we wanted to make sure.
We don’t know when we are going to leave Ecuador yet. For this reason we don’t want to buy any bus or plane ticket for our next country yet. We asked the Ecuadorian embassy and they told us that if we say that we are going to travel through South America it should be fine.
But to be on the safe side, we ended up buying some tickets from Delta. We are lucky that I have an aunt working in Delta and she could get us some tickets. They are very flexible. So we can decide what day to fly as long as there are seats left. Another good thing is that we can change the date of our return flight within a year of the purchase.
So this allows us to show a return ticket if asked, and it also allows us to change our return date for whenever needed.
What else do we need?
When travelling, it is always good to have a travel insurance. So we are looking for one that fits best our needs. As we are going to travel through different countries in South America a worldwide is probably the best fit for us.
Since we are going to be travelling a lot by bus and so, we believe that the best way is with a backpack. So we had to get Oli a backpack. We also had to get some clothing, like raincoats.
Another thing Oli needed was a credit card. Here in Germany most cards are maestro, and it’s probably not the best card for travelling.
We are also trying to plan a little bit what we want to see, what we want to do, to see what else we need to buy. If we see that we are thinking about camping, maybe getting a tent and a sleeping back…
We are also getting our cameras ready, buying any equipment that we still need. We want to document it all to be able to share it with you, and we don’t want to be missing anything on the road.
As you see, there is a lot that comes along with planning a trip. Specially when you are away for a longer time. We don’t want to plan too much, because we want to see as we go. But even so, we need to plan a bit to see what we will need, what kind of clothing and things to take with us…
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